Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Three Fiddle CDs for Fall

The fiddle seems one of those instruments especially suited for the changing light and shadow of the autumn landscape. Take a listen to these three fiddlers as you travel the autumn roads and see what you may learn....

Harald Haugaard’s latest album is called Burning Fields. A solo outing this time, for a man who is most often found in bands and duos. Here he moves from the folk tinged opener. Morgen, through lively rock influenced tunes into The Burning Fields Suite, a composition which is classical in form yet draws in the folk roots of Haugaard's’ native Denmark.

Oliver Schroer took his fiddle with him in a backpack as he walked the pilgrimage route along northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago. The ideas he found there as well as the sounds, weave through his music on Camino. Take a look at the sleeve notes, too -- moving back and forth among five languages. they hold an aspect of music in the words, as well.

Hanneke Cassel most often plays and composes in Cape Breton and Scottish style. Teaming up with guitarist Christopher Lewis, she turned those ideas to making a recording of hymns from many traditions, with a contemporary one or two thrown in for good measure. The result is called Calm the Raging Sea.

you may also wish to see

Alison Krauss: Live from the Tracking Room: A Hundred Miles or More

Liz Carroll & John Doyle: Double Play

Ellery Klein & Ryan Lacey: Kick into the Beat

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Blogger BIKE LADY said...

When I think of fiddle music, it makes me think of laughter and dancing. It's a happy instrument, I think.

10:44 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

it's sometimes said that the fiddle is the instrument most like the human voice...

6:31 PM  
Blogger Sheryl Kraft said...

Isn't it nice to be able to pack your fiddle inside a backpack? I'd think being able to take it anywhere would be even more inspiration for creating beautiful tunes.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer Margulis said...

I'm always so inspired when I read this blog because I love celtic music, and this fiddle music sounds great. The problem is money -- we have cut back on so much because of a waning bank account and I don't know when I'll be able to buy one of these 3 CDs. Is any of this music available through pandora or another web site? I know that's bad for artists but I'd really like to listen to it. Maybe I can ask my local library to buy a CD and then I can check it out from them...

12:22 PM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

I hear you about the need to cut back with the way things have been recently; so do all the artists I’ve mentioned and all who work in the arts. We’re all facing this economy together.

asking your library to buy some of your favorite recordings is an idea. listening to internet radio might be an option for you to hear some good Celtic music too. several places for you to look into would be Live Ireland (from Temple Bar in Dublin), Cape Breton Radio Live (from Cape Breton), CelticMusicRadio. net (from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow), as well as, BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Radio Ulster (Belfast) and Radio Foyle (Derry). Many US public radio stations have Celtic radio shows,too, and Thistle & Shamrock is a national NPR show many such stations carry as well.

8:03 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

nice, and gutsy. fiddles are portable, but fragile too.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Stephanie - said...

I have a special place in my heart for fiddles - they're such a beautiful instrument.

1:51 PM  

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